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Pimps and Prostitutes Expected with Super Bowl XLV

By Elvira Sakmari and Grant Stinchfield
|  Monday, Jan 3, 2011  |  Updated 1:44 PM CDT
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Grant Stinchfield, NBCDFW.com

Super Bowl XLV will bring money, athletes and fans to North Texas, but that's not all, a sex trade expert warns pimps and prostitutes will also come to Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Super Bowl XLV will bring money, athletes and fans to North Texas, but that's not all, a sex trade expert warns pimps and prostitutes will also come to Dallas-Fort Worth.

"We will have an influx of pimps and traffickers bringing women and children into North Texas," said Katie Pedigo director of New Friends, New Life which is dedicated to helping young, often abused women escape the sex trade.

Pedigo estimates 15,000 prostitutes will be brought to North Texas for the Super Bowl, many against their will and that many of the women selling their bodies are underage and on the verge of homelessness.

"Sexploitation is the human rights issue of our time, it truly is a modern day form of slavery..." said Pedigo. "These are 13-year-old, 14-year-old, 12-year-old girls that are victimized, degraded and exploited every day."

Pedigo estimates 10 percent of the out-of-town prostitutes, possibly 1,500 women, will be left behind to fend for themselves once the big game is over and the fans are gone.

"We feel like we will be flooded with women coming to us seeking a new life seeking hope and opportunity," said Pedigo.

Pedigo insists the women, and sometimes girls, are victims not criminals and that its up to the community to put a stop to Super Bowl sexploitation.

"We need men to say 'I'm not buying it' and women to say 'You know what, girls are not for sale,'" said Pedigo.

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